Voices Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen

To work through that catalogue afresh would be a sumptuous delight

The Rom-Com - A new look of love

Another week, another rom-com. But today's offerings can't come close to the classics, says Geoffrey Macnab

DVD: Two Lovers, For retail & rental, (Lions Gate)

If it weren't for the minor detail that it isn't written or directed by Woody Allen, this bittersweet comic drama would count as the year's second excellent Woody Allen film.

DVD: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (12)

Better than Match Point but far from the heights of Manhattan, this Spanish romance is a welcome return to form for Woody Allen.

Cinema's unhappy families

With a dysfunctional family at its heart, Dennis Lee's Fireflies in the Garden joins an illustrious, continent-crossing tradition

Farrow and Soon-Yi won't testify at Allen trial

Woody Allen's ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and his wife Soon-Yi Previn will not be called to testify at a trial pitting the movie director against American Apparel, a lawyer for the clothing company said yesterday.

When Woody met Larry

Woody Allen has cast fellow neurotic New Yorker Larry David as his latest anti-hero. As the film premieres in America, Sara Vilkomerson meets cinema's oddest couple

When you are Engulfed in Flames, By David Sedaris

For the last decade, David Sedaris, a humourist in the Woody Allen mode, has been carrying around a small notebook in his front pocket which he pulls out on average ten times a day, jotting down observations and "thoughts on how to make money, or torment people." The fruits of his most recent labours are to be found here - including a diary of his quest to quit smoking, excerpts of which have previously appeared in The New Yorker.

Woody Allen takes Manhattan again with 'Whatever Works'

Woody Allen is back on familiar ground with his latest movie, the first shot in his beloved New York City after four made in Europe.

Woody Allen signs up 'Slumdog' star

Freida Pinto tipped to become the director's latest muse after Oscar success

The Word On... Vicky Cristina Barcelona

"The film wouldn't work without its superb acting quartet. Johansson, the latest Allen muse, gives her best performance for him as the capricious Cristina... Yet fittingly it's the Iberian contingent who really shine." - Leigh Singer, www. channel4.com/film

Howard Jacobson: When it comes to art and the human condition, keep morality out of it

The larger your imagination the fewer feelings you don't understand

Going on vacation on location

Why book a holiday from a brochure when you can journey through scenes from the silver screen? As Baz Luhrmann's Australia lures visitors Down Under, Tim Walker follows the stars

Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri: France's funniest film-comedy duo

Who bickers as amusingly as the misfits and fools in Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri's comedies? Well, the pair tell Jonathan Romney, they can think of one couple...
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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How did our legends really begin?

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Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
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A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on